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The Preda ringadora in Piazza Grande

Jul 14, 2014 4:14:51 PM Posted By admin admins

Nicely situated in the north east of the Piazza Grande, the Preda ringadora is an imposing rectangular boulder, marble, along more than three meters. In Modenese dialect Preda ringadora is translated as stone dell'Arringo and likely originally the stone was part of a Roman building.


During the Middle Ages it takes on a whole new meaning: no more architectural element but real stage for the speakers (hence the name "dell'Arringo Stone") and also the place where the executions were carried out and the exposed corpses. The stone was also used to stain of dishonor insolvent debtors. These days in the market were forced to make the rounds of the square with a shaved head and wearing a special hat. These were called by the sound of the trumpet and the insolvent debtor sitting on prey rengadora, previously sprinkled with turpentine, he had to promise to pay as soon as possible its debt with the sale of its assets. What for some was a real show, he could be repeated for at least three consecutive Saturdays at the request of the creditor.


Recently the stone, to which the people of Modena are strongly linked for purely sentimental reasons, was returned to the Piazza Grande. Today it is one of Modena historical symbols most popular and photographed. The restoration necessitated by long seven centuries of anger of the time exposure, wear and degradation has returned life to the great stone of red marble. still positioned in the heart of the Great Square, not far from the town hall, the stone was returned to the population with a beautiful ceremony. Today it is possible to visit and photograph mentally retracing the ancient past that makes this large marble boulder an honorary citizen of the beautiful Modena, its symbol and icon. A visit to his discovery is a must.

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